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    (CNN)Rescue teams have managed to save 32 pilot whales following a mass stranding this week in a remote part of in Australia that saw the deaths of around 200 whales. The stranded pod had been discovered by Tasmanian wildlife officials on Monday -- at which time, half of the group were still thought to be alive. But as the week progressed, and conditions worsened, the number of survivors began to dwindle. "Of the 35 whales that were remaining alive this morning, we've managed to re-float, rescue and release 32 of those animals and that's a terrific result," said Brendon Clark of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in a press conference on Friday morning. Rangers were forced to euthanize one whale that had re-stranded itself on Thursday night and three more whales remained "out of reach due to tidal conditions," Clark said. Read More"Priority still is the rescue and release of those remaining animals and any others that re-strand," he added. Rescue teams would then transition on to disposing the carcasses at sea. "We're going to try to take them...
    Over a dozen sperm whales died and washed ashore in a mass stranding event on King Island, north of Tasmania. The whales all appeared to be young males who, according to Tasmania’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Source: Reuters/YouTube Wildlife biologists and a veterinarian traveled to the island to investigate the shores with at least fourteen carcasses. The Parks and Wildlife Services staff are also monitoring the situation. “It is possible the whales were part of the same bachelor pod – a group of younger male sperm whales associating together after leaving the maternal group,” a department spokesperson said. “Members of the public are reminded it is an offence to interfere with protected wildlife, including being in possession of parts of a dead whale, and are asked to keep their distance.” The department said that it is normal to see sperm whales in the area, and they will survey to see if there are others in the area. Scientists believe that navigation issues, geography, falling tides, predators, or extreme weather all play a role in whale...
    (CNN)More than 200 whales have been found stranded in Australia on the western shore of Tasmania, wildlife officials said. The animals, which appear to be pilot whales, are currently stranded on a beach and a sand bank, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service said in a statement issued on Wednesday. "Early reports estimate that about half of the animals are alive," it added.It also said that experts were on the scene to assess the current situation and would be planning "an appropriate response." It stressed that volunteers were not needed at the moment. Read MoreMass whale strandings have baffled marine scientists for decades. The incident isn't the first of its kind to occur in Tasmania, an island state off the southern coast of mainland Australia. A mass stranding in 2020 saw hundreds of whales stranded in a harbor -- making it the largest mass whale stranding in Tasmania's history.Another distressing case this week saw more than a dozen young sperm whales found dead on another Tasmanian beach. The animals, mostly males, were first discovered by wildlife authorities on Monday afternoon...
    Hundreds of whales have become stranded after washing ashore on Tasmania's west coast.  The mass stranding occurred near Macquarie Harbour, south of Strahan, on Wednesday, officials with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment confirmed.  It comes just two days after 14 sperm whales died after they became stranded on King Island, off Tasmania's north-west coast, in a marine mystery that's baffled experts. Hundreds of whales are reportedly stranded at Macquarie Harbour (pictured) near Strahan on Tasmania's west coast The mass stranding comes two days after 14 sperm whales washed ashore on King Island (picture courtesy of NRE Tas) The whale carcasses were found at a local fishing area off the island's west coast on Monday (picture courtesy of NRE Tas) Those whales, which were all young males, were discovered on Monday afternoon at a local fishing spot.  Wildlife biologists and a vet are still investigating how that pod of males became stranded. Theories why sperm whales washed ashore on Monday  It was quite unusual for sperm whales to wash ashore, Griffith University marine scientist Dr Olaf Meynecke told Australian...
    A dead whale was found under the dock of an abandoned home, authorities said. It was reportedly a 30-foot juvenile humpback whale. State troopers from the Marine Services Bureau North Wildwood Station responded to the report of a deceased whale in the Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood, Cape May County on Sunday, July 10. When troopers arrived, they located the whale under the dock near the Grassy Sound Marina.  Members of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center arrived and determined that the whale should be removed from the area in order to provide for safe vessel traffic, State Police said. For more information or to report a stranded mammal, please contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Center at (609) 266-0538. 
    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — An injured pygmy sperm whale found on Malibu’s Surfrider Beach had to be euthanized, a rescue organization said. Lifeguards and county firefighters responded to the report of the whale stranding around 4:40 p.m. Sunday, lifeguards said in a social media post. Photos showed the small mammal had bloody scratches. The whale was placed in a truck and taken to the California Wildlife Center rescue organization. The organization said in a statement to KCBS-TV that the whale was in poor health, had many injuries from hitting rocks at low tide and was euthanized to prevent more suffering. Pygmy sperm whales are up to 11.5 feet long (3.5 meters) and weigh up to 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Over 120 whales died after they got stranded in the Pacific Ocean on the Chatham Islands. Three dolphins and 97 pilot whales died, according to the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC). Source: VESA Channel/Youtube The Chatham Islands are part of New Zealand but lie over 800 km away. Because of the distance and the remoteness of the islands, authorities were delayed in helping the stranded animals. The Chatham Islands are whale stranding “hot spot.” DOC biodiversity ranger Jemma Welch said some of the whales “were euthanised due to the rough sea conditions and almost certainty of there being great white sharks in the water which are brought in by a stranding like this.” Sam Wild, a wildlife photographer, captured the sad scene.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Sam Wild (@saminthewild_) Scientists think that navigation issues, geography, falling tides, predators, or extreme weather all play a role in whale stranding in the area. They also note that climate change affects whales’ prey and forces them and the whales into...
    WELLINGTON – About 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins have died in a mass stranding on the remote Chatham Islands, 497 miles off New Zealand’s east coast, officials said on Wednesday. Most of them were stranded during the weekend but rescue efforts have been hampered by the remote location of the island. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) said in total 97 pilot whales and three dolphins died in the stranding, adding that they were notified of the incident on Sunday. “Only 26 of the whales were still alive at this point, the majority of them appearing very weak, and were euthanized due to the rough sea conditions and almost certainty of there being great white sharks in the water which are brought in by a stranding like this,” said DOC Biodiversity Ranger Jemma Welch. Mass strandings are reasonably common on the Chatham Islands with up to 1,000 animals dying in a single stranding in 1918. Mass whale strandings have occurred throughout recorded modern history, and why it happens is a question that has puzzled marine biologists for years....
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - About 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins have died in a mass stranding on the remote Chatham Islands, about 800 km (497 miles) off New Zealand's east coast, officials said on Wednesday. Most of them were stranded during the weekend but rescue efforts have been hampered by the remote location of the island. New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC) said in total 97 pilot whales and three dolphins died in the stranding, adding that they were notified of the incident on Sunday. "Only 26 of the whales were still alive at this point, the majority of them appearing very weak, and were euthanised due to the rough sea conditions and almost certainty of there being great white sharks in the water which are brought in by a stranding like this,” said DOC Biodiversity Ranger Jemma Welch. Mass strandings are reasonably common on the Chatham Islands with up to 1,000 animals dying in a single stranding in 1918. Mass whale strandings have occurred throughout recorded modern history, and why it happens is a question that has puzzled marine...
    (CNN)Sri Lankan rescuers have returned 100 whales to sea after a mass beaching on Monday, the country's navy has said. Scores of short-finned pilot whales began coming ashore at Panadura, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Colombo, on Monday afternoon, and authorities were mobilized to help them back to sea. Locals joined officials from Sri Lanka's navy and coast guard in tending to the whales.Sri Lanka's Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) told AFP news agency that it was the largest single pod of whales stranded in the South Asian country.People watch as some attempt to push a beached whale back to deep waters in the Indian Ocean in Panadura, on outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka."It is very unusual for such a large number to reach our shores," MEPA chief Dharshani Lahandapura told AFP, adding that the cause of the stranding was not known.Read MoreRescue teams worked through the night with assistance from the navy, coast guard, lifeguards, and residents. Australian officials are racing to save hundreds of stranded pilot whales. A third have already died"On the request of Commander of...
    HOBART, Australia (AP) — The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species involved may have played a part, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday. Officials said 108 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued from sandbars at Macquarie Harbour on the island state of Tasmania’s west coast. There are no living whales remaining in the harbor, the Parks and Wildlife Service said. The pod got into trouble earlier this week, with efforts now turning to the task of disposing 350 carcasses at sea, which the wildlife service said will take a number of days. Pilot whales are known for stranding in mass groups. The top five largest beachings in Tasmania, dating to the early 1800s, all are from the same species. David Hocking, a marine mammal scientist at Monash University in Melbourne, said pilot whales form strong family bonds and can travel in groups of up to 1,000. “If one or a few animals get themselves into trouble, they put out a distress call,” Hocking said....
    HOBART – The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species involved may have played a part, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday. Officials said 108 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued from sandbars at Macquarie Harbour on the island state of Tasmania’s west coast. There are no living whales remaining in the harbor, the Parks and Wildlife Service said. The pod got into trouble earlier this week, with efforts now turning to the task of disposing 350 carcasses at sea, which the wildlife service said will take a number of days. Pilot whales are known for stranding in mass groups. The top five largest beachings in Tasmania, dating to the early 1800s, all are from the same species. David Hocking, a marine mammal scientist at Monash University in Melbourne, said pilot whales form strong family bonds and can travel in groups of up to 1,000. “If one or a few animals get themselves into trouble, they put out a distress call,” Hocking said. “Rather than...
    SYDNEY – The majority of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found stranded off Australia’s remote southern coast has died, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive. The group, which is the biggest beaching in the country’s modern history, were first spotted a wide sandbank during an aerial reconnaissance of rugged Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania state on Monday. After two days of a difficult and dangerous rescue attempt, state marine scientists said at least 380 of the long-finned pilot whales had died. By late Wednesday, around fifty of the mammals were freed but experts said there was a high likelihood they would return as many did during the rescue attempt a day earlier, creating an exhausting loop for rescuers who cannot work through the night. The outlook for the remaining 30 stranded and still alive pilot whales, a species of oceanic dolphin that grow to 23 feet long and can weigh up to 3 tonnes, was bleak. EPA “As time goes on, they do become fatigued and their chance...
    Hobart, Australia — At least 380 whales have died in a mass stranding in southern Australia, officials said Wednesday, with rescuers managing to free just a few dozen survivors. Nearly the entire pod of 460 long-finned pilot whales stuck in Macquarie Harbour, on the rugged and sparsely populated west coast of Tasmania, has now perished. "We have got a more accurate count and we can confirm that 380 whales are dead," Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said. "There's around 30 left still alive but the good news is that we have saved 50," he said, describing the rescue effort as emotionally taxing. Whale rescue efforts take place at Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, Australia September 22,2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Bilal Rashid via Reuters The first of the giant mammals were found on Monday, sparking a major effort to free them from a sandbar only accessible by boat. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox It is the largest mass stranding ever recorded in Tasmania, an island state off mainland Australia's south coast, and likely...
    Ninety out of the estimated 270-pilot-whale pod that became stranded on a sandbar off the remote West Coast of Tasmania have died in one of Australia’s worst beaching events. Rescue teams from the Tasmanian Marine Conservation Program had managed to set free 25 whales on Tuesday, many of which were "relatively inaccessible" by boat, and hope to save more in the coming days. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR PICKS UP HUGE BAT COLONY IN SKIES OVER PHOENIX The whales were spotted from the air on Monday marooned at Macquarie Harbour –­­ near the town of Strahan –­­ while others struggled in slightly deeper water. Rescuers had to get into the icy water and attach the whales to slings; then they guided the animals as boats dragged them to deeper water. Members of a rescue crew stand with a whale on a sand bar near Strahan, Australia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia's island state of Tasmania had died as rescuers managed to return 25 to the sea in an ongoing operation. (Brodie Weeding/Pool Photo via AP) More than 60...
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